Everything But "The" Dress

Nanette Lepore x Colin Cowie Weddings

Finding a wedding dress is hard enough, so we’ve teamed up with Nanette Lepore to give you outfit suggestions for everything beyond the wedding.

With sweet styles, bright colors and super-flattering silhouettes, these celebratory looks – hand-picked by the Nanette Lepore team – will have you looking festive and ready to party as you get ready for your wedding day.  


When it comes to a bridal shower, it’s all about picking a dress to match the occasion. We’ve selected a look that could work for anything from an afternoon tea to a backyard brunch. Start the outfit off with the Secret Escape Dress. Magenta lace drapes over a purple slip for a color combination that reflects your playful side. This dress is a great choice for the bride – these playful hues and unique lace pattern are hard to miss! Add some height with a chunky platform sandal. The Highball Heel has unique cutouts and combines silver and natural leather for a goes-with-anything shoe that you’ll love to wear even after the wedding is over.


A night of dancing with the girls means you need an outfit that will stay put while still being eye-catching and special. The Music Box Romper is a fantastic choice. Graphic green and black beading add a playful touch, while an open back reveals just enough. Play up the green with the Addicted To You Heel. A platform sole and clear accents will give you legs for days, while the thick heel will give you extra stability for all of those moves. Carry the necessities along with you in the Fantasmic Clutch. Playful chevron details tie beautifully into the romper’s graphic beading.


Make sure no one forgets who the bride is by wearing this sweet white Mermaid Dress to the rehearsal dinner. The Swiss dot skirt adds a playful touch to the dresses classic shape, while a cut-out back keeps it fresh and young. Add a pop of color with the Hurricane Heel in white and orange. Bright orange straps break up the all-white look without taking away from your bride-to-be ensemble. If you need a little more color, stash your lipstick and your phone in the Cyclone Clutch. Pink and orange details accent the bag’s bright green hue. You’ll love taking this dress out every summer and thinking about the night before your Big Day.


The morning after the wedding, you’ll need to look put together while still being comfortable after staying up all night dancing and celebrating with family and friends. The Honeymoon Dress has a flattering sweetheart neck and banded waist, and the cheery yellow hue will reflect the joy in the room. Bonus points if you wear the dress again on your honeymoon! Give your toes a break with the lower heel of the Absolute Wonder Wedge. The silver wedge adds a touch of flash, while the camel-colored straps mean you’ll be able to wear them with just about anything. Stash any necessities in the Ferris Wheel Satchel.


-- Jaimie Schoen

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